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Wildrose Critic Gets Flak for Parking in Alberta Premier's Parking Spot: Wildrose Park in Premier's Parking Spot

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildrose Critic Gets Flak for Parking in Alberta Premier's Parking Spot: Wildrose Park in Premier's Parking Spot

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EDMONTON - Rob Anderson, the Alberta Wildrose party's designated question period pit bull, is known for trying to get under the premier's skin -- now he's using her parking spot.

Anderson admitted Wednesday he exchanged words with a legislature security officer Tuesday night after he mistakenly parked his truck in Premier Alison Redford's spot during debate.

"I thought she was a little overly aggressive in her tone, and I said I would be contacting her superior as a result of that and I went and moved my car," said Anderson.

"That's basically it. There were no harsh words."

It was the latest contretemps in what as become a downright nasty, vicious fight between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrosers, who are running one-two in polls just days before an election call.

Solicitor General Jonathan Denis, who oversees legislature security, told reporters earlier Wednesday that he was distressed by reports Anderson had parked in the premier's 24-hour reserved stall beside a rear door of the legislature.

Denis said he was told Anderson was rude to the sheriff and even pulled out the always-endearing "Do you know who I am?" bully line.

Anderson said he did use the line, but more as a question rather than a rhetorical put-down given that the sheriffs routinely memorize the faces of the politicians to allow them quick access to the building.

He said she made him haul out his ID and then continued finger-wagging, prompting him to say he would take the issue over her head.

Denis said it was bigger than that.

"He had threatened the sheriff's job by going to the supervisor. I'm the supervisor," he said, adding the sheriff was not going to be reprimanded.

"Mistakes happen, but the sheriffs deserve to be treated with respect," he said.

Anderson called it a mountain out of a molehill from a party feeling the heat in pre-election polls. He also labelled Denis a shameless puppet master. …

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